Good Thing: Even with tons of drizzly days of rain this past week, our arena is holding up really well. My trainer was able to shuffle some things around and give me a lesson on Saturday instead of Sunday!
Bad Thing: Simon has decided he can no longer be caught in the pasture. It took 30 minutes and two assistants to help me get him. This is the third time he’s been hard to catch, which means it’s an established pattern in his pea brain. Extra bonus points to me for trying to “chase him away” when he wouldn’t let me get close with grain. This proved unsuccessful because a) he’s a Thoroughbred bred to run and in a big paddock b) he doesn’t tire easily c) me chasing him turned me into SCARY MOMMY and he didn’t want to go anywhere near SCARY MOMMY.
Good Thing: My trainer is the Simon whisperer and is going to work him in the round pen some this week.
Bad Thing: That may be the only work he gets this week, because we are due for lots of rain again.
Good Thing: Despite the silly start with Simon choosing to “self lunge” himself, we had a fabulous lesson. I daresay the confidence building and bonding we did at the show has continued its positive momentum. I just feel really in sync with him and sometimes by the time I start thinking “Hey we need to do X” he’s already met me halfway and X happens. It sounds like a dorky horse novel, but I’m thrilled.
Even Better Thing: A lesson friend’s husband very kindly videod us, so I have media proof that we had some rocking courses!
Bad Thing: With the crappy rain coming and the lack of consistent riding in the past week, I’ve decided to skip the first hunter derby this coming up weekend. The jumps are very solid and even though our lesson was amazeballs, the jumps were tiny. One of my goals with showing this year is to not show up unless I’m feeling very well prepared, and I just don’t think that’s realistic this week.
Good Thing: With the money I’m not spending on showing, I’m going to get my car serviced. I had planned to do this in January, but then I tore my car door off and had to dish out a big insurance deductible. Oh well, better late than never right?
I could add several other “good things” to this post, but I won’t bore you with my non-horse weekend details. We’ll save that for another day!